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This edition of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Minerals Yearbook discusses the performance of the worldwide minerals and materials industries during year 2012 and provides background information to assist in interpreting that performance. Volume III, Area Reports, International of this Mineral Yearbook volume series is published as four separate reports. These regional reports contain the latest available minerals data on more than 190 foreign countries and discuss the importance of minerals to the economies of these nations and the United States. Each report begins with an overview of the region's mineral industries during the year. It continues with the individual country chapters that examine the mining, refining, processing, and use of minerals in each country of the nation and how each country's mineral industry relates to U.S. industry. Most chapters include production tables and industry structure tables, information about Government policies and programs that affect the country's mineral industry, and an outlook section that may be helpful to economists and corporate personnel. Undergraduate and Graduate students enrolled in Economics of Trade and Finance and Asian Studies courses at academic institutions may find this volume helpful for research papers.
More print volumes within the Minerals Yearbook series can be found here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/catalog/science-technology/minerals-metals/minerals-yearbook
Each mineral species is described according to its synonymy, composition, crystallography and crystal habit, physical properties, optical properties, synthesis, identification, natural formation, and occurrence. The descriptive mineralogy is followed by determinative tables in which the mineral species are arranged according to their X-ray powder-diffraction interplanar spacings, chemical composition, optical properties, color, specific gravity, and fluorescence.
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